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    10-29-2009, 07:55 PM
I love just about every minute I can spend on horseback, since I can't do it nearly as often as I'd like. I guess a few stand out though.

One was where I was at a very high-quality riding center while on vacation in Wisconsin. I spent a few lessons on a beautiful Friesian cross named Alijah. I forget what other breed she was, but I do have a picture of her in my photos if anyone wants to see. :) We spent the first half-hour lesson longing with a bareback pad. It was the first time I felt completely in sync with a horse. Walk, trot, canter... Her gaits matched my style perfectly and I was complimented that my seat never left her back. :)
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    10-30-2009, 12:58 AM
Is it weird that it was the first time I ever fell off? Lol!

It was in our indoor arena, my mare spooked but didn't buck. I landed on my butt, and it hurt, but she came right back over and looked at me like- "What happened?!" and I just laughed even though my butt hurt like hell!! Just the look on her sweet face was so cute.

Also, the very first time I rode Bali as a two year old in training. My mom had told me he was going to be my 14 - 18 horse, and I really didn't like him much. I only knew him as our colt we kept stud until we realized he was too studdy, who was crazy and ran through fences for mares and was kind of ******ed about fly spray.... but I got on to please her. Our first lesson was walk trot, and every time I turn him walking in a circle he'd grab the toe of my boot and tug as he was walking... it made me laugh and fall in love with his quirky little self! <3
    10-30-2009, 01:18 AM
It was one day after I had been working all day at the summer camp I used to ride/work for....I got to work all day and then go out on the trails....well it was supposed to rain later, so the BO wasn't going to get 6 kids on horses, but she let me go ahead and mount up and ride around the arena. The TWH I was on was kind of being stubborn, but I knew him well so I was just pushpushpushing him...I remember thinking it was funny because he was so obviously frustrated with me and somewhere in the middle he started doing a running walk and I just went with it. When I got off the BO and a few other people were watching and she said "you made him look GOOD"....yes, it was an ego boost for my 15 year old self.
    10-30-2009, 06:31 AM
I had only had paul for a few weeks and a few of us went out on the trail. It was dry enough to cross the creek and I was a bit nervous because this was the first time I had taken paul across it. First horse went across with no problem, second horse got really nervous and start jumping around and refusing to cross. Finally it was paul's turn, he walked across like a champ. Even getting stuck in the mud up to his hocks couldn't get a reaction out of him. He took 2 big hops and pulled himself out. They call him the 4 wheeler of the barn.
    11-01-2009, 06:52 AM
Green Broke
I have a few:

One time I was having a lesson with my instructer and another girl, when the horse she was riding freaked out, bucked her off and took off. The gate next to the arena was left open, and she headed out, and galloped down the road. My riding instructer had to take care off the little girl, so she asked me to go fetch her. I headed out on my gelding, and we trotted along, me hoping the mare would stop. But she diddnt, so I knew we had to chase her down. And suddenly I was galloping down the road, it was amazing! We caught her, and everything was fine, but that gallop was amazing!!

The other time was when I first jumped my mare Love Story over a metre. I was very nervous, because she hadnt been jumping for that long, and I wasnt too sure if she would do it. But I tried anyway, and she jumped it like the star she is. It was the best feeling!!!
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    11-02-2009, 09:47 PM
I have a couple that are pretty neck-in-neck. It would have to be...the very time I rode a gait that wasn't "walking" ;)

I was on my all-time favourite schoolhorse who still holds a place in my heart today. She was a behemoth black warmblood named lesson my instructor decided it was time for me to "graduate" and took the lead to jog beside her, so I could get a feel for another gait I had never experienced before. Oh my, she had the most lovely, swift smooth trot. I was soaring through that arena (and still on the horse at that! ) Heaven.

Then there was that time where my mum, her friend and I went trailriding up in the mountains and around this beautiful little alpine lake in the midst of autumn. It was a crisp but still fairly warm day, there was nobody else out on the trails, the trees were turning and the air smelled of pine, distant woodsmoke and old leaves. I was on this woman's trustworthy quarterhorse gelding and this was my first real trailride, so to speak. I was a bit unsure (there were moments when we were literally climbing up impossibly steep "stairways" cut in uneven stone on the side of the mountain o.o ) but he took care of me. It was one of the best days of my life.
    11-03-2009, 05:57 PM
My favorite time has got to have been when my best friend and I decided to take this long all day horseback ride to a local regional park and go riding, and on the way back we found this really long dirt road. We decided to let the horses go at whatever pace they wanted to...oh it was fun, cantering and galloping on a long straightaway is the best feeling in the world. Too bad we haven't been able to do that since though.
    11-03-2009, 06:30 PM
Mine would be earlier in the year in the country dressage championships. We got there a day early to have a ride in the arenas and get the horses settled in before the major competion started.
I took my mare out the back and started working her in trot figure of 8's, serpentines and into some half pass after warming up. She was going reasonably well, but just felt a bit tense and not as supple as I'd like her.
I took her back over to my coach and asked her to give me a hand to loosen her up.
She changed just ONE thing, told me to pretend I was pushing a baby out basically! And next second I was sitting right into her, could sit trot without even trying and her wither felt like it grew in front of me, it was increadible she was just so uphill, I didn't need to touch her mouth, just move my hip and I'd get flexion. It was just beautifull. My tests weren't as good, but I still placed very well, but I was just so stoked that I'd managed to achieve such beautifull lightness.
I had some very well known and respected FEI riders come up to me when I was taking her back to the stables after that ride, tell me that they'd been shocked to see that mare travelling so beautifully after seeing her going in previous years with her last owner.
I was stoked!
    11-04-2009, 12:03 AM
Green Broke
One of my most favorite and memorable moments happend in June or July. It was the Red Dirt Ride Equestrain Drill Competition, and for our theme we were knights! We had these hip drops over our horses hips, but as w were doing a crack-the-whip, the outside rider's fell off, and amazingly her horse did spook. But, when that went out into a circle, the horses really noticed it and the girl's horse infront of me spooked and dumped her. I was SO not wanting horse going loose, so I ran forward, blessed that my paranoid ole' mare didn't spook at the hip drop on the ground. We caught him at the other end of the arena, and I have never had a quite the adrenaline rush ever before! Its amazing that they got a photo of it!
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    11-04-2009, 04:32 AM
Mine would have to be the first time I cantered.
I know its not a big deal but it was for me.
Just the fact of uniting with the horse as it canters, being able to trust that you wont fall off, the wind in your hair, it was just.....magical : )

I wish I could relive that day over and over

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